Bloomberg Law
June 16, 2021, 7:35 PM

Feds ‘Dinged’ for Quickly Moving Oil Lease Freeze, Lawyers Say

Jennifer Hijazi
Jennifer Hijazi

A federal order overturning a temporary pause on oil and gas leases shows the legal challenges ahead for ambitious climate and environmental actions done outside of the lengthy rulemaking process, lawyers say.

“When you try to do something by fiat that Congress has told you that must be done through a process, you’re going to get dinged,” Wayne D’Angelo, an environmental lawyer at Kelley Drye and Warren LLP, told Bloomberg Law.

Judge Terry Doughty from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday that scraps an Interior Department freeze on new leases.

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